What is Important to Know

  • June 03, 2021
  • Wendy Levin-Shaw, LCSW
  • 2 Comments

Today I play ocean waves To block out sounds As I try to meditate. I recall listening to The same rich rhythm Of waves 10 months ago When confined to our home To avoid the virus. So much has happened During these 10 months. Too much to ...

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How Britney Spears Helped Me Understand Bowen Theory

  • May 20, 2021
  • Dr. Tricia Collins, PsyD
  • 3 Comments

As a newer student of Bowen Family Systems Theory, I have struggled with the idea of blame and responsibility. Coming from a heavy psychology background, I have naturally approached problems from an individual mindset where there is one single thing to blame (a person, an ...

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Is Helping Overrated?

  • May 06, 2021
  • Margaret Marcuson, M.Div.
  • 10 Comments

I would have answered once upon a time with more questions: “How could helping be overrated? Isn’t helping others a good thing?” I answer that question differently now: Helping is overrated when it is driven more by my own anxiety than by the real needs ...

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Linn Pittman: Goodbye and Thank You

  • January 06, 2021
  • Catherine M. Rakow  MSW, ACSW
  • 11 Comments

WPFC, founded as an educational center for those interested in learning a theory about how families and organizations work, operates with the tenets of Bowen systems theory in paying attention to relationships, in thinking and managing self in ways that show the principles of the ...

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Seeking Clarity with a Neighborhood on Fire

  • December 16, 2020
  • David Swanson, M.Div.
  • 8 Comments

Candie and Miles* were upset and afraid.  Their neighborhood had recently erupted in multiple instances of gun violence, some of which had happened right in front of their home. They wanted to move as soon as possible.   When this couple shared their prayer request ...

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Still White, Still Privileged – Now What?

  • September 09, 2020
  • Ann Depner, LCSW
  • 4 Comments

Will history recall 2020 as the start of a new civil rights movement? This year’s events have certainly moved me.  Violent policing of people of color, widespread protests, a deadly virus that disproportionately affects Blacks  – all have prompted me to examine my role in ...

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Reflections on White Privilege

  • August 19, 2020
  • Ann Depner, LCSW
  • 4 Comments

“White people have to see how they will benefit from racial equality.” Ibram Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, uttered these words in response to a question posed at the University of Pittsburgh’s recent Diversity Forum – “Can white people be engaged in ...

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Pandemic Parenting and Differentiation of Self

  • August 05, 2020
  • Jane Adams, MS
  • 2 Comments

My daughter-in-law recently called me after her school district's superintendent announced tentative reopening plans for the upcoming school year. Like parents the world over, she and my son are torn among the varied options to provide a safe school reentry for their children in light ...

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Family Secrets and Bowen Theory

  • July 22, 2020
  • Sandra Caffo, LCSW
  • 4 Comments

I just finished reading the book When I Was White, a memoir by Sarah Valentine, Ph.D., who found out she was Black at age 27. It served as a vivid illustration of what Bowen theory describes as “the family emotional unit.” Ms. Valentine’s narrative centers ...

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Taking Sides and Managing Self at the Protest

  • July 08, 2020
  • David Swanson, M.Div.
  • 8 Comments

Turn on the news today and you will see people in the streets protesting and demonstrating. These movements are activated around the question of race and the role it plays in our society. The question has become personal for me as an opportunity to deepen ...

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